You may know I’m currently finishing my undergrad degree in computer science and cybersecurity at ODU. A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Sachin Shetty, Ph.D, at a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting. Since then I’ve been working with him on a blockchain-related independent study program for credit toward my degree. He has also been gracious enough to sponsor an interdisciplinary mixer with ODU faculty and students early next month. We hope to share information on the various blockchain-related projects at the university, gauge interest in student programs. We’ve already got a few responses to our initial announcement, mostly from the computer science, software and information technology space. We’d really like to see more interest from those in other non-CS professional industries, but this should be a good start.
This Richmond event at the VCU College of Engineering leaned more toward development and impact, as opposed to hype and speculation. Panels included discussion on blockchain for the public good, crypto versus the SEC, IoT, government, and healthcare. We recorded most of the panels in the main room and are in the process of getting them ready for publication. We expect to have them edited, and released by the end of the month.
We just purchased our tickets to the Block 9 Conference, taking place in two weeks, on October 20th in Richmond, Virginia. The event, which is hosted by VCU College of Engineering, CryptoVA and Block Star Inc., features over thirty speakers on twelve panels focusing on why blockchain is next generation technology.
If you would like to attend, you can purchase your tickets here, using promo code BUDDYUP at checkout for a 10% discount off of the $89 price.
Our next crypto-enthusiast meetup will be this Thursday at Bull Island Brewing Company, in Hampton, from 7-9PM. This is a networking group for developers, entrepreneurs, and others interested in learning more about this amazing technological frontier.
I just wanted to drop a quick note that we will be attending the CryptoCoin Conference next month in Pennsylvania. We first found out about the Con on a recent episode of the Crypto Street Podcast featuring one of the con’s founders. Tickets are under $100, so it seems like an inexpensive investment and a chance to network and represent the region.
The July meetup has been scheduled for Thursday, July 19th, 7:00PM at Gordon Biersch in Virginia Beach. The first hour will be our standard mixer and discussion, followed by a demo on masternodes, which are a way to provide stability to cryptoasset networks while receiving dividends. Please RSVP on Meetup or Facebook.